Stock remained the same
Player: Harrison Barnes
Situation: Highly regarded out of high school, Barnes was solid but not overwhelming in his first season at North Carolina. However, his consistent production (15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds) and NBA body (6-foot-8, 210-pound wing) attracted professional scouts, with many projecting him in the top-10.
Quote: “He really had no wrong decision to choose, but I believe he is coming back to school because he enjoys college basketball, he enjoys the University of North Carolina and he enjoys his teammates. If he had decided to leave for the NBA, that would have been OK, too, because he will always be a Tar Heel. But it will certainly be a lot of fun to coach him again.” — UNC coach Roy Williams
Result: Barnes' sophomore season was a lot like his freshman one, complete with similar production (17.1 points and 5.2 rebounds) and an Elite Eight exit (one win away from the Final Four both years). And in conjunction, his stock essentially stayed the same, eventually landing in Golden State as the seventh pick in 2012. He averages 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds for the playoff-bound Warriors.
Player: Sam Bradford
Situation: OU lost the 2009 national title game (24-14 to the Tim Tebow-led Florida Gators), but a first round payday was already cemented in Sam Bradford's NFL future. He passed for 4,720 yards, 50 touchdowns and won the Heisman as a redshirt sophomore and many expected him to be the first quarterback selected. But Bradford surprised many, announcing his return to Norman for his junior season.
Quote: "I've dreamed about playing at Oklahoma since I was little. My three years here have been probably three of the best years of my life. ... I feel there's no need to cut this experience short." — Sam Bradford
Result: Bradford fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the 2009 opener against BYU, eventually resulting in season-ending surgery. It's the type of serious injury that strikes fear and stirs debate during the “should he stay or go?” scenarios. But this never hurt Bradford's stock. He went No. 1 overall in 2010, signing a six-year, $78 million contract with the Rams.